In this groundbreaking achievement in Civil War scholarship, acclaimed military historian Brent Nosworthy leads an all-out attack on the many myths and misunderstandings about how the North and South fought, and covers for the first time in any book ...
the variety of Civil War combat methods in their entirety. Now everything from grand tactics to hand-to-hand combat during our nations costliest war is given its proper due in the development of warfare.
Nosworthy weaves together the story of newly emerging weapons, the resulting changes in military doctrine, and the combatants experiences as these innovations were applied to the battlefield. Detailing methods of warfare from General Irvin McDowells first tentative efforts at Bull Run to Lees and Grants final exertions at Petersburg and Appomattox, the author examines tactical variations due to regional differences and the distinctive circumstances of each campaign. Along with maps, diagrams, and illustrations throughout, The Bloody Crucible of Courage recognizes the primacy of the wars most compelling voices, and contains hundreds of firsthand accounts from the front lines.